I have been shortlisted in the Bridport Prize Poetry Competition.
The mission of the Bridport Prize is to encourage emerging writers and it aims to, amongst other things, launch and promote new writing, provide opportunities for all through open submission and to explore and develop new opportunities for writers.
See the whole shortlist here.
Dual came 3rd in the Poetry category of the annual Elbow Room Prize.
The Elbow Room Prize night will be hosted at the Roz Barr Architects Gallery on November 19th. Full details will be announced soon and the prize anthology is available to pre-order.
Elbow Room, launched in 2012 by As Yet Untitled, is an on-going series of art journals and live events celebrating art in all guises. Each volume of Elbow Room is individually curated to create a cohesive collection that includes written and visual arts. Produced in limited edition, hand bound pamphlets Elbow Room is sold online, in specialist bookshops and at artists’ book fairs across the country. Elbow Room is housed in multiple special collections including The Poetry Library at London’s Southbank Centre and The Scotland National Gallery.
Judge John Glenday highly commended Sculpture of Nine Verses, saying:
Sculpture of Nine Verses is a poem which derives, or rather begins, from a piece of abstract art, but through its finely controlled language transforms itself into a wonderful, interconnected lyric of love, possession and survival.
Red Shed Poetry Competition Wakefield, May 2016
Placed second with ‘I hop you are well’. Read more, and see all the competition winners here
Judge John Foggin wrote of the poem:
"Here was a poem that hooked me with its title, as did the apparent plainness of the opening stanza
‘When I was a child I played by myself
in a room without books,
talked to my dressing table mirror’
It’s a familiar trope, but lifted out of the expected by that image: a room without books. And also the business of the teacher who might have crushed a lesser spirit…I loved the surprise of the child copying, from library books ‘images of ventricles’. No one will see that one coming . I loved the ‘moment’ of practising swimming on a stool in the kitchen. And I liked the ‘that was then and this is now’ structure of the poem that gives it its edge and purpose as it ends with a wistful return to the hopeful title. Lovely."
December 2015: Poised Pen Liverpool
2nd Place with ‘The fifty-seventh Iron Man’